2nd Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Diplomacy and Statecraft

Edited By B.J.C. McKercher Copyright 2022
    490 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    490 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Reflecting the profound changes in international society in the past decade and the challenges that all Powers’ diplomacy and statecraft face, whether opposing or encouraging these changes, this fully revised and updated edition provides a unique multifaceted assessment by experts of the new international order.

    Built around the thesis that Great Power rivalry dominated after the end of the Cold War, it examines how this multi-polarity has become more extreme. The Handbook assesses the diplomacy and statecraft of individual powers in seven key sections:

    • The Context of Diplomacy

    • The Great Powers

    • Middle Powers

    • Developing Powers

    • International Organisations and Military Alliances

    • The International Economy

    • Issues of Conflict and Co-operation

    It shows how diplomacy and statecraft have transformed on issues such as the evolving "America First" strategy; the strengthening of the People’s Republic of China; the growth of non-state actors in foreign policy; the unravelling of international arms control agreements; the aggressive nature of Russian foreign policy; and the emergence of major armed conflicts and the rise of terrorism and armed insurgencies around the world.

    It will be of interest to government and non-governmental actors, established scholars and students in the fields of international relations, history, and military studies.

    Prologue: Diplomacy and Statecraft in an Era of Increasing International Anarchy

    B.J.C McKercher

    Part I The Context of Diplomacy

    Chapter 1 The Value of Diplomatic History in a Changing World

    Halvard Leira

    Chapter 2: Theorising Diplomacy

    Christer Jönsson

    Part II The Great Powers

    Chapter 3: Imperial Recessional: The Erosion of American Predominance during the George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump Administrations

    Christopher Layne

    Chapter 4: China’s Rise and the New World Order

    Baohui Zhang

    Chapter 5: Brexit, British Foreign Policy, and Governance

    Jamie Gaskarth

    Chapter 6: Unravelling the Enigma: Russian Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century

    Jeffrey Mankoff

    Chapter 7: France: A European Middle Power with Still a Global Ambition

    Christian Lequesne

    Chapter 8: German Foreign Policy and Statecraft since 2000: Regional Hegemon, Global Dwarf?

    Klaus Brummer

    Chapter 9: Alliance versus Alliance "Plus": Japanese Foreign Policy Post-9/11

    Yuki Tatsumi

    Part III Middle Powers

    Chapter 10: Australian Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century

    Brendan O’Connor and Danny Cooper

    Chapter 11: Changing Contours of Indian Diplomacy under Narendra Modi

    Harsh V. Pant

    Chapter 12: The End of the Innocence: Canada and the Fading Liberal International Order

    Asa McKercher

    Chapter 13: Austria’s Foreign Policy in the Early Twenty-first Century: Between Domestic Restraints and an International Agenda

    Erwin Schmidl

    Chapter 14: Change in Turkey’s Foreign Policy: Global Shifts and Domestic Politics

    Meliha Benli Altunışık

    Part IV Developing Powers

    Chapter 15: Change and Continuity in Cuba’s Foreign Policy

    Philip Brenner and Jina Shim

    Chapter 16: Peru: A Model for Latin American Diplomacy and Statecraft

    Ronald Bruce St John

    Chapter 17: Thailand: A Master of Reinvention through Diplomacy

    Pavin Chachavalpongpun

    Chapter 18: Indonesia's Foreign Policy since Reformasi

    Song Xue and Kai He

    Part V International Organisations and Military Alliances

    Chapter 19: The European Union in International Relations: Great Power under Strain?

    Rikard Bengtsson

    Chapter 20: Human Rights in an Illiberal World

    Andrew S. Thompson and Jennifer Kandjii

    Chapter 21: The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Its Current Challenges

    Michael Rühle

    Chapter 22: The United States, Israel, and the Conflict over Iran, 2000-2019

    Henry Rome

    Part VI The International Economy

    Chapter 23: The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank: From Institutional Anchors of Liberalism to Geopolitical Rivalry?

    Morten Bøås

    Chapter 24: The Belt and Road Initiative: Prospects and Pitfalls

    Michael Clarke and Matthew Sussex

    Chapter 25: Regionalism in the Global South: Understanding the Evolution of Mercosur

    Mahrukh Doctor

    Chapter 26: The Globalised International Economy: The Need to Rebuild international Co-operation

    Andreas Freytag and Leo Wangler

    Chapter 27: Measuring Globalisation: Myths, Trends, and Variation across Countries

    Steven A. Altman and Caroline R. Bastian

    Part VII Issues of Conflict and Co-operation

    Chapter 28: The Trump Administration, Nuclear Modernisation, and the Disdain for Arms Control and the Non-Proliferation Regime

    Aiden Warren and Joseph Siracusa

    Chapter 29: The Return of Great Power Competition and the Importance of Military Statecraft

    Michael Roi

    Chapter 30: The Middle East – Strategic and Military Balance of Power

    Ash Rossiter and Christopher Bolan

    Chapter 31: The Balance of Power in South Asia

    Sumit Ganguly

    Chapter 32: Non-governmental Organisations and International Security: Navigating the New Global (dis)Order

    Jonathan Goodhand and Oliver Walton

    Chapter 33: Personal Diplomacy

    Hendrik Ohnesorge

    Chapter 34: From Soft Power to Reputational Security: Rethinking Public Diplomacy and Cultural Diplomacy for a Dangerous Age

    Nicholas J. Cull

    Chapter 35: Three Strikes and You’re Out? Implications of "Hyper-Globalisation," the Coronavirus, and the New Cold War for the Future of Multilateralism

    David G. Haglund


    B.J.C. McKercher, FRHistS, is Professor of International History at the University of Victoria, Canada and, since 2007, the editor of the journal, Diplomacy & Statecraft.